Cravings vs Satiety: Finding Your Strategy for Steady Energy
Imagine two scenarios.
- Your day is ruled by cravings and frequent, impulsive eating just to keep going. Trying to ignore how you feel is distracting you from your work. You're still looking for the right solution to your personal energy problem.
- You sail through your important objectives with hours of steady focus and energy, even if some hunger lurks in the background. Your body is quietly at your service and satiety is the norm.
If you're in group two, you're probably not reading this. You've already got this one wired and are busy with the day's plans without much concern about your next meal.
If you're in group one, I can relate. Trying to find a way to keep my energy steady sparked my interest in nutrition and led me on a decades-long search for a program that could work for me.
What have I learned?
- the quality and type of food is more important than the quantity
- satiety nourishes willpower
- the animal brain guards survival and will create cravings if not fed properly
- finding the right mix of macronutrients - fat/protein/carbohydrate - is crucial
- persistence, esthetics, and mindfulness are great friends
Satiety oscillates naturally with hunger. They are a primal couple. Genuine hunger makes food taste better, and a satisfying, nutrient-rich meal restores energy and eliminates cravings. For me, eating too frequently or impulsively can stoke cravings rather than feed real hunger, so I try to take time for and fully enjoy each meal - let satiety have its proper moment.
Primal living invites contentment
Contentment and satiety should be a natural parts of our lives. Just as we have a hunger for excitement and novelty, we also benefit from being content with the moment's offerings. This is the good food for our minds that can free us from nagging "not-enough-ness." Far from making us dull, contentment refreshes our spirits so we're available and can choose wisely which next new thing to put on our plate.
Verona Rylander is a psychotherapist with a degree from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She grew up on grass fed beef and organic vegetables in Paris, TX and has a long history of curiosity about health, food, nutrition, cooking, and beyond. She's here to offer a broader perspective on Primal Living, changing habits, willpower, body image, and importance of your thoughts.